In the off-season, the Indianapolis AlleyCats added a player that will help on offense. His name is Keegan North.
North and fellow Alleycats teammate Jake Fella played on the USA Under-24, who obtained a gold medal. North said the experience of playing in the American Ultimate Disc League wouldn’t be new to him.
“The only difference being the team that I will be spending time with for the next four months,” North said. “It is a really cool experience. The league really has something special about it that makes it differ from other organizations (United States American Ultimate and World Flying Disc Federation). But in the AUDL, it feels like you aren’t just playing for yourself. It feels like you’re playing for something more than just the ultimate community.”
Head coach Eric Leonard said he’s really excited to see North play this season.
“Keegan has been fitting in really well on our offensive unit,” Leonard said. “We expect him to do great things.”
North is going to be a key offensive player for the Alleycats. North will join the likes of Rick Gross, leading AlleyCats scorer with 61 goals, Keenan Plew, lead the team in assists with 46 and Cameron Brock, second on the team with a 93 passing percentage.
Another key new aspect of the team this year is playing indoors. In the past seasons, the AlleyCats played their home games outside at Roncalli High school. But for this season some of the games are inside at Grand Park Events Center. Leonard said they’re excited to play there this season.
“It’s a state-of-the-art indoor facility,” Leonard said. “I believe it’s the largest indoor complex for indoor soccer events in North America. We’ll be using it for ultimate, obviously, but the venue is fantastic.”
Their first home game is on April 7 against a Midwest Division foe in the Madison Radicals. But first, the Alleycats square off against another Midwest Division opponent the Detroit Mechanix this weekend.
Last season, the Alleycats won a narrow victory in one of their games against the Mechanix. In their first game, the Alleycats dominated them, winning 25-15. Leonard said his team has worked hard for this first game.
“We have been playing against each other for so long now in the preseason,” Leonard said. “It’s going to be nice to be on the same side against Detroit. We’re looking forward to getting on the field and starting the season off.”
For this game, no one player will need to stand out for Indianapolis.
“We preach that everybody makes the right play, not the big play,” Leonard said. “If we could get a full team effort, I think we’re going to come out with a win.”
The game starts at 7 p.m. on March 31 against the Mechanix in Detroit, Michigan.